General activity management at climbing areas

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General activity management at climbing areas

Postby Delaney » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:10 pm

Hi All

The MCSA seems to be coming across more and more sloppy habits at climbing areas. Because of this, we would like to please ask that you pay attention to the below and maintain good habits at climbing areas.

The following standards of behaviour and rules are proposed in order to limit the negative impacts associated with climbing and promote and enhance the positive aspects and experience of climbing in a natural area.

Erosion and Vegetation

• All climbers are to use existing paths.
• Vegetation removal and trampling at the base of climbing areas and boulders must be avoided to prevent loss of biodiversity and erosion. Active removal of larger vegetation such as shrubs and trees from cliffs and / or their bases in order to establish routes or boulder problems is not permitted.
• At staging areas at the bottom of sport climbing routes, climbers must endeavour as far as possible to put their gear and / or packs down on rocks or bare earth to minimise damage to vegetation.
• Pets are not permitted at most climbing areas.
• Nesting and endangered birds must not be disturbed. Seasonal closure of certain areas may be required if nesting birds are likely to be disturbed.
• The MCSA will advertise any closures to climbers.

General Behaviour

• Writing or graffiti is not permitted in any form on any rock, cliff face, tree or other natural surface.
• No foreign material of any kind is to be left behind at climbing areas. This includes cigarette stompies, finger tape, litter, waste such as orange peels and toilet paper or tissues.
• Defaecation outside of formal established campsites must be avoided. If the urge cannot be suppressed, bury all excreta and toilet paper in a small hole of at least 15 to 20 centimetres deep.
• Defaection must not take place in paths or near the climbing areas or within 50ms of watercourses.
• Tick marks on routes should be brushed off.
• Smoking is highly discouraged due to the high potential for fires in fynbos vegetation and the severe consequences associated with fires.
• ‘Trundling’ of rocks off cliffs or down hillsides is not permitted.

In short, please look after our climbing areas and please educate others to do the same. What may be common sense to us might not be to others.

Thank you all for your support.

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Re: General activity management at climbing areas

Postby Delaney » Fri May 17, 2013 11:03 am

Hi All

Further to the recent challenges from SANP Rangers with climbers in Table Mountain National Park, the Mountain Club of South Africa has drafted a letter which climbers can download from our website and print out to take with them to show to any rangers who may question their climbing activities in the park.

The letter can be found and downloaded off our Website:

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you so much and kind regards

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Re: General activity management at climbing areas

Postby Forket » Fri May 17, 2013 12:13 pm

seeing more and more fingertape lying around, please look around the crag for small bits before you leave, its easily missed, but is still no excuse:D


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